No.41/2010

 

House of Assembly

Province of Newfoundland & Labrador

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3rd Session – 46th General Assembly

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

 

ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

(a)    Statements by Members

(b)    Statements by Ministers

(c)    Oral Questions

(d)    Presenting Reports by Standing and Select Committees

(e)    Tabling of Documents

(f)    Notices of Motion

(g)    Answers to questions for which notice has been given

(h)    Petitions

 

ORDERS OF THE DAY

 

1. C Committee of Supply

Third Reading Bills

 

1. C    Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Income Tax Act, 2000.”

            (Bill No. 3)                                   (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

2. C    Third Reading of a Bill C AAn Act To Amend The Income Tax Act, 2000 No. 2.”

           (Bill No. 9)                                            (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

3. C    Third Reading of a Bill C “An Act To Amend The Portability Of Pensions Act.”

           (Bill No. 22)                                          (Finance and President of Treasury Board)

 

MOTIONS

 

1. C THE HONOURABLE THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER C To Move:

 

        WHEREAS section 42.1 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act provides that the Information and Privacy Commissioner is to be appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council on a resolution of the House of Assembly;

 

        NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Mr. Ed Ring, be reappointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner for a term of 2 years.”

 

2. C MR.  KELVIN PARSONS (Burgeo-LaPoile) C To Move:

 

        WHEREAS the House of Assembly is the cornerstone of responsible government in Newfoundland and Labrador;

 

        AND WHEREAS the smooth and proper function of the House of Assembly is essential to good government, effective legislative process and an open democratic society;

 

        AND WHEREAS there is a clear, present and pressing need for reform in the Standing Orders and other rules and conventions which govern the operations of the House of Assembly;

 

        THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this House of Assembly instruct the Standing Orders Committee to recommend changes to the Standing Orders and other conventions governing Oral Questions and the legislative process, and to consider, among other things:

 

1.  Methods of elevating the decorum of all members to strengthen the dignity and authority of the House,

 

        2.  Examining the convention that the Minister questioned need not respond,

 

3.  Dedicating one question period per week exclusively for questions to the Premier,

 

4.  Establishing guidelines for the advance release of Ministerial Statements and the full text of Bills to ensure that members have sufficient time to examine and analyze their content,

 

5.  Strengthening the operations of Standing and Special Legislative Committees to allow analysis of Bills with public hearings if required,

 

        6.  Prohibiting substantive amendments to Private Member’s Motions, and

 

7.  Streamlining the introduction and consideration of Private Members’ Bills.

 

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Standing Orders Committee reports its findings to the House, with proposed changes to the Standing Orders and other conventions, within six months of the adoption of this order;

 

        AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the report be made public immediately by posting it to the House of Assembly website on the day that it is received.”

 

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Published under the authority of the Speaker of the

House of Assembly by Earl G. Tucker, Queen's Printer